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I'm going to make a bulldozer.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aaronious, Dec 9, 2017.

  1. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    So I scored this sweet '84 Ibanez Roadstar for next to nothing. It's got some neck issues that are going to get sorted out.
    Once it does, I wanna turn it into the most powerful, badass sounding, single pickup, tone monster in all the land.

    My buddy has one with a T-40 pickup in in it. I LOVE IT! But...I already have a T-45.

    I was thinking of turning it into a G&L
    L2K. Last time I placed an order from them, I never got it. The pickups got cancelled and I never heard why.

    A Curtis Novak darkstar maybe......?

    I was thinking two of the DiMarzio DP120's right in the middle. Will it be too muddy?

    Maybe a Nordy big single? Maybe 3

    Music man pickup?

    Anyhow, what would YOU do to turn this thing into a bulldozer.

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  2. A Wilde P-46. Seriously.
  3. Get the G&L MFD pickups, if you can. They're simply the best!

    Put in a push/pull for series/parallel, MFDs have the juice to go parallel.
  4. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    I don't wanna go just standard p shape. I'm also looking for the aesthetic of having a massive pickup.
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  5. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    Except G&L won't sell them to me....
  6. If not the MFD P, then DP127 from DiMarzio
    which also have the juice for parallel wiring

    DP127 has more output than the DP120:


    BTW, I've had aspirations for the same sort of project, which is why I was so quick on the draw.
    I had a lovely little Yamaha RBX270 & big plans.
    The bass was only 7-1/2 lbs., lightest bass I've ever owned, but the truss rod situation was mucked up.
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  7. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    About the truss rod. I had a bass that everyone I took it to said to throw it away. It's only good for parts.

    Then my buddy told me about Eric at Sky guitars in Denton, Texas.
    He's does some kind of magic with heat and wizardry to basically reset the neck.
    It was a hundred bucks so I figured what the hell. I sent it down to him and in less than a week I had the bass back.....With a perfectly straight and amazing playing neck.

    One tech said ya, good luck with that. It'll be warped again in a month. It's been 4 and this bass ain't moved a millimeter. Some people just can't accept that other people know things that don't.

    Warped neck.com check it out.
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  8. Our local luthier said something similar when I heat treated a Mexican Fender Blacktop neck, but he gave it 3 months :D
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  9. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    What a letdown... I thought you were really building a bulldozer...

    (good luck with the project!)
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  10. What about a Thunderbird style pickup? Also darkstars.
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  11. Raw N Low

    Raw N Low If I can't hear it, hopefully I'll feel it Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Denver, Colorado
    Ha! I almost pulled the trigger on that bass! Congrats on the score man. I would have gone the route recommended by KBD. I was thinking new pickups, black pickguard, black Gotoh bridge, silver radio knobs, and some DR black beauties.

    You ever decide your tired of that Ibanez artist bass, you let me know. ;)
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  12. bassman10096


    Jul 30, 2004
    I see this bass with the Dark Star and a tort guard...
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  13. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Thunderbucker. More here.
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  14. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
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  15. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    I tend to agree.
  16. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    A contender has emerged.
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  17. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
  18. Timmy-Watts

    Timmy-Watts Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    What about a Nordstrands Big man blade pickup? It's supposedly his substitute for a Wal.
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  19. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs SUSPENDED Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
  20. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Funny even Nordstrand dropped a “Wahl” in there...
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